Paul Whiteman

Shirley B. Howard, fundraiser

Shirley B. Howard, fundraiser

Shirley B. Howard, a former local TV personality who with her late husband co-founded the Children's Cancer Foundation and proceeded to raise millions of dollars to help children suffering from cancer, died Wednesday of respiratory failure at her Pikesville home.

She was 88.

"Shirley was a unique individual, and her heart just bled for these kids, who called her 'Aunt Shirley,' and their families," said Dr. Benjamin Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who had been director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. "She worked from morning to night raising funds, and it basically consumed her. It was her life."

In 1984, Mrs. Howard and her...